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Births and deaths in England and Wales during 2011

Recent data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that there were 723,913 live births in England and Wales in 2011, increasing slightly (by 0.1%) from 723,165 in 2010.

Since 2001 when the total fertility rate was at a record low, fertility levels have risen for women in all age groups with the exception of those aged under 20.

The largest percentage increase in fertility was for women aged 40 and over, followed by women aged 35–39 with increases of 61% and 50% respectively. This continues the trend of rising fertility among women aged 35 and over recorded during the 1980s and 1990s. The number of live births to mothers aged 40 and over has more than quadrupled from 6,860 in 1981 to 29,350 in 2011.

The ONS data shows that in 2011 nearly half of all babies were born outside marriage/civil partnership (47.2%), compared with 46.8% in 2010 and 40.0% in 2001. This continues the long-term rise in the percentage of births outside marriage/civil partnership, which is consistent with increases in the number of couples cohabiting rather than married or in a civil partnership.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.

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